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Feb 4 - Lake Pedder area

Feb 4 - Lake Pedder area

2014. February 04.

Drove down through the south west to Lake Pedder, Serpentine and Gordon Rivers. The mountains are massive and wherever you go you seem to be encircled by them.
The forests are so dense you can't even push past the growth to walk through.
Wilderness is certainly the word.
The day was very cloudy so not much colour and detail in most of the photos.

A few of the shots are veey large so you'll need to click once or twice (until the magnifier is a -) to enlarge them and scroll across.

 

 

Feb 01 - Tarn Lakes

Feb 01 - Tarn Lakes

2014. February 03.

The second long walk of 8 kms took us up a very steep gravel track that tested our resolve, then a boulder crossing area that went straight up for 200 metres, more like mountain climbing, then boardwalks and rocks across to a magnificent view of the tarn shelf, mountains and lakes.
The view was maginifcent at the top and well worth the 8 km trek.
At the bottom, Lake Dobson was so inviting that after 2 young canadian girls jumped in and proclaimed it was warm (?) I stripped and dived in - to chilly but glorious cooling off for a hot bod. Hot as in warm not cool/hot.
We stayed longer than anticipated such was the wonderful atmosphere here.
A beautiful spot to visit and explore.

Jan 30 - Mt Field NP

Jan 30 - Mt Field NP

2014. February 02.

First stop was Trelaleah, what was a whole small derelict town bought by an american firm and restored for tourism.
At Mt Field, we opted for a powered site at $20 a night, cheap as chips and a decent coffee to be had.
The first walk wasn't too hilly though there were long inclines that made us puff. The waterfalls weren't rushing but nice enough to enjoy. After the rains would be magnificent, so we might come back.
Huge trees gave us sore necks and open mouths looking up at them, even bigger ones were fallen and still imposing.
Tree ferns up to 12 metres high dominated one area and so plentiful they blocked out all light making photos very difficult.
The second walk was very hard, very steep tracks and even steeper boulder laden areas with no track made the top with some boardwalk a welcome change. The view was maginifcent at the top and well worth the 8 km trek.
At the bottom, Lake Dobson was so inviting that after 2 young canadian girls jumped in and proclaimed it was warm (?) I stripped and dived in - to chilly but glorious cooling off for my poor feet.
We stayed longer than anticipated such was the wonderful atmosphere here.
A beautiful spot to visit and explore.

Jan 29 - Lake St Clair

Jan 29 - Lake St Clair

2014. January 30.

Free camped at King Williams Lake but were on standby for the bush fires up the road, hence the very smoky views.

We were a bit underwhelmed by the Lake and its walk but overwhelmed and mightily impressed by The Wall of carvings by Greg Duncan (whome we met the day before) that anyone seeing Tassie must see. The skill and detail is head shaking.

Jan 28 - Franklin River

Jan 28 - Franklin River

2014. January 28.

On the way east, we got a good view of Frenchman's Cap and a coupe of interesting but yucky things t the junction of the Franklin and Surprise Rivers. Then some (more) nice peaks.

 

Jan 27 - Nelsons Falls

Jan 27 - Nelsons Falls

2014. January 27.

A short 10 minute walk off the mainn road, through a rainforest and you get smacked in the face with a beautiful twin waterfall.
We camped just down the road where I saw a baboon in the water and also a mund f volcanic, folded rocks.

 

Jan 25 - Queenstown

Jan 25 - Queenstown

2014. January 26.

Queenstown was supposed to be not worth visiting but we found it to be a very friendly and tidy town. The hills are being regrown with trees form their denuded state.
The highlight was the train trip through steep terrain (maybe too many photos here).

 

Jan 23 - Strahan

Jan 23 - Strahan

2014. January 23.

A sleepy town of a few hundred people on the surface but it had dozens of cottages, B & Bs, 4 lots of van parks, youth hostels and free camps.
All the food was overpriced but the highlight was the bay and river cruise.
We went out through Hell's Gate, only 80 metres wide and a treacherous gap to the open water, what a hoot that was, just like riding rapids - and it was a calm day.
Visited Sarah Island, the worst convict penal settlement in Australia - that was scary to hear the stories. Worth googling it.
The heritage trail had huon pines thousands of years old and Denise bought a couple of pine boards for the kitchen.
The Hogarth falls in Strahan was a letdown for the water wasn't raging like the brochure but it was a pleasant walk.


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